Fruit Diseases News

  • Canada proposes FOP labeling to identify nutrients of public health concern

    Health Canada issued on 10 February 2018 a proposed rule to require front-of-package (FOP) labeling of prepackaged products under the Food and Drugs Regulations (FDR). Specifically, the Ministry recommends products to bear a nutrition symbol on the principal display panel (PDP) that indicates that the food product is high in one or more nutrient of public health concern, e.g., sodium, saturated ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • `Banana has a future after all`

    The banana has been severely affected by fungal diseases that can only be combated by using omore and more plant protection products. In the last century, the much-loved Gros Michel banana variety was wiped out as a result of Panama disease. But now the replacement variety Cavendish – available in every supermarket – is at risk. At his inauguration as professor by special appointment ...

  • Coral calcium & worm castings, reduce blossom end rot disease

    A destructive disease affecting many gardens and farms this year is blossom end rot. Causing great concern for vegetables such as squash, watermelon, eggplant, peppers, and tomato. This disease affects gardens year after year. By the time gardeners notice black spots on their fruit or vegetables the situation is severe. To prevent further damage, immediate action is required. What is Blossom End ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • UF/IFAS scientists find top 10 muscadine grape varieties for health, taste, smell

    You may eventually tempt your palette with more muscadine grape varieties, and they’ll be good for you, with new findings from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers. Muscadine grapes are known for their health benefits and other nutritive values – even for potential preventive measures against cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The fruits are ...

  • Fruit fly outbreak cost growers $4.1 million; could have been much worse

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economists estimate the Oriental fruit fly outbreak last year caused at least $4.1 million in direct crop damages in Miami-Dade County, but the damage could have been far worse, UF/IFAS researchers say. In the new report, UF/IFAS researchers and the chief economist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, ...

  • Ambrosia beetle spreads dangerous avocado pathogen

    As the laurel wilt pathogen casts a cloud over the $100-million-a-year Florida avocado industry, University of Florida researchers continue to look for clues to prevent the pathogen from spreading. The main culprit has been the redbay ambrosia beetle, which has infected millions of native redbay and swampbay trees with the laurel wilt pathogen, but it is rarely seen in commercial avocado ...


    By University of Florida

  • Luna® Fungicide Label Expansion Gives Growers New Crops for Broad-Spectrum Disease Control

    Bayer has received notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna® fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • New method may help detect avocado pathogen earlier

    University of Florida researchers have found an algorithm to help them detect laurel wilt, the deadly pathogen that threatens Florida’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, said the algorithm finds laurel wilt-infected avocado trees before symptoms are visible to the naked eye. About 500 growers produce ...

  • Low-altitude aerial images allow early detection of devastating avocado disease

    Low-altitude aerial images can detect laurel wilt, a devastating avocado disease, giving growers an early way to identify diseased trees and perhaps help reduce losses to the $100 million-a-year economic impact avocados provide Florida. Reza Ehsani, an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, used a ...

  • Keeping plant pests and diseases at bay: experts focus on global measures

    How to prevent insects, bacteria, viruses and weeds from infesting fruit, vegetable and other plant and food consignments and then spreading across the world is the focus of a four-day gathering of international experts which began at FAO today. The annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the ...

  • Study reveals causes of apple skin spot

    For fruit crops such as apples, compromised skin appearance usually results in reduced market value. Identifying causes of fruit disorders and diseases can help producers modify growing strategies and increase profits. Researchers in Germany recently released a study of "skin spot", a disorder found in 'Elstar' (and occasionally in 'Golden Delicious') apples after CA storage that is characterized ...

  • EPA approves three new moth mating disruption products

    Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given EPA approval for three aerosol pheromone products that disrupt the mating of codling moth and oriental fruit moth. “Our new formula performs extremely well at lower temperatures, emitting a drier mist that disperses quickly across an orchard,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO of ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Four in one – new discovery on pest fruit flies

    Four of the world's most destructive agricultural pests are actually one and the same fruit fly, according to the results of a global research effort released today. The discovery should lead to the easing of certain international trade restrictions and also aid efforts to combat the ability of these harmful insects to reproduce, experts said. The so-called Oriental, Philippine, Invasive and ...

  • Bayer expands site in Switzerland

    Bayer CropScience is expanding production at its Muttenz site in the Swiss canton of Basel-Landschaft, and today inaugurated a new production facility. The new facility is a reaction to the growing demand for agricultural commodities and will expand Bayer's production capacities in the area of crop protection. "This recently undertaken investment of approximately EUR 100 million will make Muttenz ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • HAL Project to Eradicate Fruit Fly in Western Australia

    Western Australia could one day be fruit fly free with a new pilot program aiming to eradicate Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) in the state's southwest horticulture precinct. Regarded as one of the major fruit and vegetable pests in the world, Medfly is worth more than $200 million per annum in damages caused to susceptible crops in Western Australia and market access ...

  • FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, and which has the potential to affect countries in Latin America. The ...

  • Reviving Nepal with hybrid tomatoes

    Five years ago, diseases and storms during the monsoon season would wipe out the majority of Nepalese tomato plantations. Discouraged, Nepali farmers slowly started abandoning tomato production. But the tomato is a big part of local cuisine, so Nepal had to import it from India. Horticulturist Kedar Budhathoki understood Nepali farmers’ problems. He was already leading a team of scientists ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Senegal nears first victory in war on tsetse fly

    A campaign against the tsetse fly, a pest that transmits a disease that devastates livestock, in the Niayes area near the capital Dakar has radically reduced the fly population and is paving the way for complete eradication. "Since the project started, there is already less disease. It has not only reduced the tsetse but also ticks, which cause lots of other diseases in the area. We have noticed ...

  • Sessions Aim to Improve On-Farm Safety of Fruits, Vegetables

    When it comes to foodborne illness, fresh produce belies its healthful aura: Fresh fruits and vegetables account for 24 percent of U.S. foodborne illness in which both the responsible food and contaminant are identified, according to a 2013 analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by theCenter for Science in the Public ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Rapid diagnostics, a new opportunity for European companies

    A patch for detecting cocaine consumption from skin perspiration, a chip to identify pathogens in foods, a device for monitoring colon cancer via a patient's blood, and a sensor to detect environmental contamination via the analysis of marine algae. All four applications have something in common: they all arose from the same European research project, entitled LabOnFoil. This initiative, which ...

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